Help, I Left Out My Sugar Sheets!

May 9th, 2011 by Laura Hartnett

Upon joining the Wilton food team this January, I was really excited to evaluate our latest development, Sugar Sheets! They are part of Punch. Cut. Decorate!™, an amazing new decorating method that allows anyone to create beautiful cakes and treats with ease, even if they have never decorated before!

Sugar Sheets Sugar Sheets are edible decorating papers. We offer them in a variety of colors and patterns, providing endless possibilities for amazing decorating. We took great lengths to create moisture barrier bags that are re-sealable because we recognize that there are different humidity levels all across the country and that this product will be bought and stored in different environments. I wanted to take the time to make sure you had the most optimal experience with this product, no matter where you live or how long you store the sheets. Here are my tips to help keep the sheets moist:

    1. Plan ahead. I imagine many of you will be as eager as I was to begin working with the sheets. Try to resist pulling the product out of the package until you have a decorating plan.


  1. Only cut the portion of the sheet you’ll use immediately and keep the remainder of the sheets on the plastic backing, sealed securely in their reclosable package.

If your sheet has become brittle, don’t despair! Here is a method to rehydrate it and make it usable:

      Cut the portion of the sheet you will use and peel away the plastic backing. Brush the shiny (back) side of your sugar sheet with room temperature water. The Wilton

Water Brush

    allows for great control when applying water to Sugar Sheets, making it a fantastic tool for rehydrating the sheets. Be sure to completely cover the sheet with an even coat of water – not too much, not too little.
    Allow the sheet time to rehydrate, which will take from 15 to 30 minutes. I recommend checking the sheet at 15 minutes and if it is pliable again, it is ready to use. The sheet may need more time, but be careful that your sheet does not get too wet.
    When your sheet is ready, cut or punch your design and apply to your cake or treat right away.

I hope you enjoy decorating with Sugar Sheets as much as I do. It is a truly incredible product and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish. Remember – keep them sealed when not in use and plan ahead. Happy Decorating! ?

To learn more about this new decorating method, please visit the Punch. Cut. Decorate! section of our website.

Laura Hartnett Laura is a Food Scientist and Director of Product Development of the food team at Wilton. She was brought on board to create all new products that allow our decorating community to express their sweet creativity and to ensure Wilton's food products continuously reflect the superior taste and functionality our consumers expect. Before joining the Wilton team, Laura was the Director of Technical Solutions for a dairy ingredient company. When she's not mixing up new formulas to create decorating magic, Laura enjoys entertaining and spending time with friends and family.

67 Replies

  1. Spooky_789 says:

    Are the sugar sheets flexible enough to bend and stay at a 90 degree angle? I’m planning on using them to make zebra stripes as I have absolutely no experience yet with fondant (just started cake decorating a few weeks ago and have taken the first two classes of the basics course). Thanks for your input and advice.

    • Laura Hartnett says:

      Our Sugar Sheets! are very pliable and can be formed into a 90 degree angle – simply fold a sheet and use piping gel or freshly made icing to hold it in place. For a crisp edge, I recommend attaching 2 pieces of Sugar Sheets! with piping gel or freshly made icing. Good luck!

  2. Bobbi says:

    do I have to punch out the sugar sheet? Can i use a cookie cutter, press hard, then cut the rest witha scissors?

    • Laura Hartnett says:

      Although we have designed punches specifically to cut shapes out of Sugar Sheets!, you can use a cookie cutter and kitchen shears. I recommend tracing the shape with a Food Writer Edible Color Marker first, then cut the shape using the shears. Pressing hard on a cookie cutter will not cut through the sheet.

  3. Kim Miller says:

    Are the sugar sheets pliable enough to wrap a cake pop? I

  4. Nancy says:

    Can you use sugar sheets in a printer that is dedicated to edible images?

    • Lisa says:

      I was wondering about that. Has anyone tested them in a food-coloring printer? I’d love to know before I try…

    • Thea says:

      I haven’t tried them in my edible printer yet (I plan on doing so this weekend), but I have painted them directly with food coloring and a brush. They held the color well until I put it on the cake. After that the color slowly leached into the frosting underneath in about an hour or so. The image was just about as clear as I had painted it, just REALLY faded. I plan on waiting to adhere the printed on Sugar Sheet until just before serving.

  5. Ba says:

    Can you use these in a Cricut cake?

    • Amanda says:

      Yes they can be used with Cricut Cake. Set your pressure to medium. You will want to apply a 2 sided tape to the back of the sugar sheet plastic pealing and adhere it to your cake mat OR you can adhere it to a Cricut sticky paper mat. I found I prefer to use 2 sided poster tape and adhear it to my cake mat. It doesnt leave any residue and is super easy to clean up. When you remove your cutting, use a pointed icing spatula, slide it under the sheet cutting and carefully work under to lift the design. Remove any unneeded center cuts for the finished product. Do handle carefully not to tear the sugar sheet. Happy cutting!

  6. Yvonne says:

    how can I harden sugar sheets when making standup flowers and bows?

  7. carol says:

    How long can the sugar sheets be left on the cake after the cake has been decorated, and does the cake need to be put in the fridge?

    • Virginia says:

      Yes, I was wondering the same thing. How far in advance can you decorate a cake using the sugar sheets?

    • florence says:

      I used the zebra sheets on a cake and when we went to cut it the next day the sheets were hard and coming away from the cake. I put the cake in the fridge after i decorated it and cut it the next day. Can u tell me what we did wrong if anything.

  8. Lesa Vaughn says:

    Love the new sugar sheets!

  9. Wanda says:

    I made a cake the night before our Game Day and my sugar sheet flowers seem to melt into the cake. Perfectly visible but I wonder if this is norma?

  10. Susan says:

    I have been a Wilton fan and purchaser of products for years (have taken all classes offered at Michael’s too)…just love cake baking and decorating. I am not a business owner, just a home baker. I have some wonderful friends, who for my 61st birthday last week, surprised me with a party and best of all, they gave me 10 of the cutter inserts, the punch kits and 8 sugar sheets. I cannot wait to get started using these new items. Do you think Wilton will offer a class (at Michael’s) this year? I certainly hope so. Thanks again to Wilton for continuing to bring us great ideas and new products!!!

  11. Rich Pascucci says:

    I was wondering if these sheets can be used in a edible food printer?

  12. K.L.T. CAKES says:

    Can you freeze the sugar sheets after putting them on the newly frosted cake, and if so does it run while the cake is in thaw move.

  13. Amy says:

    I can not peel my sugar sheets off the back sheet!! It rips as soon as I try! Please someone Help!

    • Nishi says:

      I’m having the same issue. I’m using the black sheets and I can’t peel them!

      • Christena says:

        I’ve only used the sheets a few times but my guess is that your sheet is to moist or hot. So my first thought would be to dry it out a bit. Maybe with a cool blow dryer or a fan. That’s what I would try.

    • Ellie says:

      I am having the same problem. I put all of this time into the art work on these sheets. As soon as I’m ready to transfer the artwork onto the cake, it breaks, rips, tears, whatever. I cannot seem to take the backing off and keep the sugar sheet in one piece. It’s ruining my art work.

  14. Cindy says:

    How long can I store sugar sheets. I need 7 different colors to make my son’s “Freight Train” birthday cake. I will use less than 1/4 of each color for the cake, so I’d hate the rest to go to waste before I have another chance to use them again.

  15. Keri says:

    I have used the Sugar sheets to do two cakes for customer’s now, and they both have told me that they thought they were beautiful but pulled the sheets off the cakes as they didn’t like them. My question is: Is there a way to make the sheets melt more into the cake instead of them just being a thick sugar sheet layer stuck around the cake? They are pretty, but I don’t wan’t my customers to have to peel things off to enjoy their cakes, please let me know if there is a way to fix this. Thanks 🙂

  16. Jill says:

    How far in advance can you decorate the cake with the sugar sheets and can they be put in the refrigerator?

    • Angela says:

      I was wondering the same thing. I will be using the Sugar sheets for the first time this Thursday for a Sweet 16 birthday cake but the party is not until Friday evening. Can I store it in the fridge after decorating? Thanks

      • Jennifer Reynolds says:

        Cakes decorated with sugar sheets that are layered on the surface of the cake may be refrigerated or frozen. However, we do not recommend refrigerating or freezing dimensional designs as the humidity in the refrigerator can cause these designs to wilt.

        • Marcee says:

          Is this noted on your packaging? Because I didn’t see it on the sheets I bought from Michaels and my butterflies wilted all over the cupcakes I made for my daughters bday party!

  17. Erika says:

    Just wondering if you can use the cricut cake to cut the sugar sheets? Thanks

    • Jennifer Reynolds says:

      Yes, the Sugar Sheets! do work with the cricut cake machine. However, if you’d like to use a food-safe electronic cutting machine, we recommend the following tips for best results:

      •Be sure to remove the Sugar Sheets! from the plastic backing or the blade will not cut through them.
      •Sugar Sheets! must be smoothly and firmly adhered to a cutting mat with shortening (brushed on with pastry brush) before being loaded into machine.
      •Setting your machine for medium pressure is optimal. Low pressure does not cut all the way through the Sugar Sheets! and high pressure drags the Sugar Sheets! around the blade.
      •Note that some of the most intricate designs available on electronic cutting machines are not ideal for use with Sugar Sheets! but following the tips outlined above will help lead to successful results for a majority of designs.

  18. Kelly Key says:

    How far in advance can you put the sugar sheet on the cake? Can you put it on the day before the birthday or does it have to be the day of the birthday?

    • Jennifer Reynolds says:

      We actually recommend that you put the Sugar Sheets! onto your cake or whatever baked treat it is that you are decorating and allow time to set. Over time the sheets adhere to and meld into the icing.

  19. Sonia says:

    If I’m making cupped flowers to put onto a cake, can I make the flowers the night before and put them onto the cake the day I need to serve it?


    • Jennifer Reynolds says:

      Sonia, we do not recommend refrigerating or freezing dimensional designs as the humidity in the refrigerator can cause these designs to wilt. So, I suggest that the flowers are made the day of, or if time does not allow do not put in the refrigerator. We also suggest when making dimensional flowers and more, spread a thin layer of Candy Melts candy on shiny sides to attach two pieces of Sugar Sheets! together. Candy gives you the strength needed for decorations to stand up.

  20. Sigrid says:

    If im making cupcakes on thursday and they arent going to be eaten until saturday, would i be able to add zebra sugar sheets on the top and a fondant rose
    and put it in the fridge?

    • Jennifer Reynolds says:

      You can put the cupcakes in your fridge along with the fondant rose as long as they are not placed in the freezer and the roses are not made of the Sugar Sheets! you will be ok.

  21. Mary says:

    Can i apply the sugar sheets onto the cake the day before my daughter’s birthday party or should i do it the day of?

  22. Trish says:

    i’m also wondering how well they hold up being hardened …i want to make stand up mickey mouse ears !

    • Jennifer Reynolds says:

      For toppers, dimensional flowers and more, spread a thin layer of Candy Melts candy on shiny sides to attach two sheets together. Candy gives you the strength needed for decorations to stand up. This can also be done with attaching the Sugar Sheets to a piece of fondant as well.

  23. valerie says:

    hi there i have seen some marshmallows covered in candy melt and i believe has also sugar sheets has anyone done this please let me know thanks

  24. Mimi says:

    I just bought Wilton Sugar sheets and a couple of punchers. I tried using it on the day I bought it. I can’t peel the sugar sheets of the back sheet. I tried peeling off from all the corners and sides but I wasn’t successful. Any tips? Thank you.

  25. Beth says:

    Hi There…

    I am looking to use the zebra sugar sheets on top of fondant and was wondering A) can I just attached the whole sheet on a rolled out piece of fondant (wet w a little vodka) and THEN cut out the shapes and B) Can they be made ahead of time and left out? They are going to be cupcake toppers.

    Thank you!

  26. Jennifer says:

    I’m planning to cover the sides of my 2 tier fondant covered cake with sugar sheets. However, I also want to put gum paste flowers on the side of the cake (on top of the sugar sheets). How is it best to attach the flowers to the sugar sheets, and sugar sheets to fondant, to ensure a good adhesion, as they will be on the side of the cake?

  27. Karen says:

    Help! I can’t peel the sheet off of the backing! It sticks, and it keeps tearing. Is there anything I can do?

  28. Miriam says:

    I want to make the grooms cake for my future son-in-law at my daughter and his wedding and I want to use camo sugar sheets. I would like to make the cake the night before and decorate it for the 1pm wedding the next day. Will the cake be ok in a box on my counter? Should I put in the refrigerator?

  29. I used a printed sugar sheet to decorate cookies. The black turned green after a couple of days. I applied the sugar sheet over buttercream icing. Is there a way to keep the black from “fading” to green??

  30. elaine says:

    Hi I’m using a4 cake topper for the first time! I’m worried in case it rips when peeling sheet off ,it mentions in the instruction that you pop it in the freezer for around 2min before applying it to the cake , could you give me your view on this ?

  31. Sereé (2ShaeSweets) says:

    I had sugar sheets printed by my cake supply vendor. I’m making sugar cookies for my granddaughters birthday party. Worried that if I ice the cookies and place the design on the cookies then put them in the frig I may have a problem. I’ve used the sheets many times on cakes, but not cookies.

  32. Donna says:

    To rehydrate sugar sheets… get your iron and press the steam button about 10cm from the sheet (keep pressing steam until the sheet looks a little shining( hydrated). Make sure your iron is very hot so that steam comes out and not drops of water

  33. S wenzel says:

    Am I able to use the sugar sheets on cookies then freeze them for about a month?

  34. Kevin says:

    I am curious of the dissolve time in water, or if it has even been testes. I have an unusual project I am trying to make and I think these would be perfect, but only if they dissolve nicely in hot water. I want to use them to cover an image at the bottom of a tea cup that would then be revealed once the tea is finished… but obviously, no one once a scrap of paper floating in their tea…. Do you think these would do the trick?

  35. Mary Ann Zander says:

    I need to make Christmas stars to adhere to 250 brownies. I am going to cut them out with my cricut and
    give them to the ladies at church on Thursday. I want to make them today. The want to stuck them
    into the brownie so they will be a little 3 dimensional. Will they harden enough to do this? (I think they will be too fragile.) Do we have to wet them to stick to the brownies if we don’t stand them up?

  36. Melissa says:

    I was wondering how well you can write on the black sugar sheets. I purchased petal dust and was going to mix that with vodka and brush it onto the black. Has anyone tried this? Will it show up or take multiple coats?

  37. I’m making a cake and using sugar sheets cut in flames to put around the cake. We have an hours drive to the party how can I transport the cake without it melting in the heat?
    Can I fill a plastic tub with isle to keep it cool.

  38. Ariel Benz says:

    Hi I peeled to much of my sugar sheet off the plastic backing is there a way to stick it back on so I can use it latter???

  39. Laura says:

    Is there any way to put sprinkles on the sheet and have it stay in place? I’m not sure if I need to use edible glue or if wetting the sheet will be enough. I have never worked with this product before

  40. Taryn says:

    Hello-Can I print on the sugar sheet and then put it back in the sealable bag but not place it on the cake for a week after printing on it-will it stay fresh after printing if kept in the bag?

  41. Monica says:

    Have you discontinued the sugar sheets!! What can we use with the cutters?

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